Thursday, 15 November 2012

6 Ruth's A/W'12 Must Have Beauty Looks...

Helloooo,

Lauren has asked me to do a spot of make up blogging for you all so here it goes...
This A/W season my must have looks are dewy skin and bold lips!!

Look One: Dewy Skin.

In the cold months ahead I think it's important that we don't let the weather take the glow out of our faces and the best way to do this is with a light reflecting foundation. Here is a list of some foundations I recommend for this look:
  • On a budget? Why not try Rimmel Wake Me-Up Foundation.
  • Little bit of extra cash in the bank? I really recommend M.A.C Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation.
  • For those of you that want to splash out, I love Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation.
  • If you usually like a matte face, why not try SLEEK Luminous Pressed Powder over the top to cover those shiney T zones!

Look Two: Bold Lips.

It's really important when doing a strong lipped look to remember that your eyes should stay to a minimum, as you don't want the attention from your lips to be lost. So keep it simple a touch of eyeliner and mascara can go a long way! 

The colour you go for will depend on your skin tone but my favorite places to buy lipsticks from are No.17 (available at Boots in the UK) and M.A.C however an item I have not been able to live without is my Bobbi Brown 1991 lip palette which is still available in some stores if you ask! It has such a wide range of colours and comes with a cute little lip brush so easy to change my look from day with a neutral pastel colour to night with a strong burgundy red!


Here is a little example that I have done on Lauren. Products used are as follows:



  • M.A.C Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation.
  • Benefit Boi-ing Concealer.
  • No. 17 Brow Pencil.
  • Marks & Spencer Limited Collection Loose Powder.
  • Marks & Spencer Limited Collection Liner in Gunmetal.
  • Topshop Cheeks Highligheter stick in Bay on the hollows or the cheek and luminescence on the appels.
  • No.17 Blow out masscara.
  • No.17 Lasting Fix lipstick in black.

Happy Make-uping

Ruth xoxo

11 FOTD: My massive Rimmel face.


This is my face today. My nose is looking slightly bulbous and huge but other than that, my face looks relatively normal!

I've seen a lot of FOTDs in which the girls look lovely and natural, wearing a hint of mascara, dab of Chanel lippy and off they go on their merry, naturally beautiful way. Unfortunately, this way of life/face does not work for me. 

Without makeup, I look a little bit like this:

(Image from Google)
To combat my Voldy face, I pile on makeup with gay and jolly abandon. At the moment, I've taken HUGE advantage of Rimmel 3 for 2 offers (as I am poor, unemployed and my life is ridiculous) so pretty much my whole face is done in Rimmel.

Here's the low down...
FACE

EYES

LIPS

There you have it! My massive Rimmel face.

XOX




Wednesday, 14 November 2012

15 5 things they didn't tell you about long distance relationships...

Evening readers!

Long distance relationships are often the norm these days. According to iVillage, more than 14 million people are in long distance relationships and we're most definitely over the "it'll never work" comments made by bitchy people we don't care about.

My boyfriend and I have been engaging in a LDR (apparently this is the technical lingo for a long distance relationship! Inventive.) for around 5 months now. The reason for putting all those miles between us is because I moved back home after university to try and find a job, while he still has one year left. Of course, while it hasn't always been plain sailing, it's going pretty well. We see each other every weekend and make use of texts/skype/phonecalls to make life a little easier. It could be worse.

HOWEVER, there have been some aspects of being apart from each other that have taken me by surprise or that I hadn't thought about at all! So without further ado, here are the five things they didn't tell you about long distance relationships



1. You will need to change your phone contract.

It doesn't matter if you have 500 minutes and unlimited texts (or more!), being in an LDR (yeah!) means that you will run out of minutes and you will run out of texts - I want to call my boyfriend the minute I wake up, before I go to sleep and everything in between. By the end of the month, we've both run out of minutes and have to resort to tactically ignoring each other until Skype time. The solution? Get more minutes. No money? Download whatsapp!

2. You won't be late anymore.
Dispute this if you will, but I maintain that since beginning our long distance adventure, we've both become better at timekeeping. No longer does he have to buy me a H&M scarf to make up for missing the Safari Park, no longer do I have to tell him to come over an hour later as I'm washing my hair. I'm not sure why, but it's probably because we're so excited to see each other that we're early, if anything!

3. Life becomes easier to juggle.
My friends and I are staunch believers in mates before dates; however dates are also important. So is work. And going to the gym. And spending time with family. And starting new hobbies. A positive outcome of long distance relationships is that you have more time to juggle and organise. For me, weekend time is boyfriend time so I have the week days to see friends, cook for my family and also find excuses not to go to the gym.

4. You will want to know what he/she had for lunch.
Its the little things that make you feel closer to your boyfriend/girlfriend. Finding out what they had for lunch, what time they woke up, what they're reading and other bits and bobs, are things I never really used to be hugley interested in. Now, they're important to me because if I can't be with him then I can at least envisage what his day has been like. Kind of like a well-meaning stalker.

5. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, but that doesn't mean you won't bicker.
Of course I miss my boyfriend and treasure the time we have together, however there will always be days when I'm in a bad mood. There will be days when I want to listen to The Saturdays and he wants to listen to Frank Ocean. We don't agree on everything. We're still the same people, distance or not. And that's not a bad thing!


Voila. These are my delightful insights into long distance relationships and how they work in real life!
What are your experiences of living away from your boyfriend/girlfriend & what have you discovered in the process?

xox | Lauren

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

10 Dear Father Christmas...

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

11 INTERVIEW: Dani from Evie Knight Vintage!

Following my last post filling you in on all that's Evie Knight, Dani (owner/creator) has been kind enough to do a short interview with The Teapot Blog!

1. What are your favourite trends this Autumn/Winter?
I don't like to follow trends. It makes me feel like a lemming! One thing I do love in A/W though is a good piece of knitwear! It really can carry you through the season. I like to team my bright graphic mohair jumper with a tight leather skirt and flatform boots.

2. Who are your style icons and why?
It might be an obvious one but Alexa Chung has wooed me ever since her T4 days, and she just gets better and better. I'm all about the long 70s wispy hair and a good silk shirt. Erin Wasson has great style too, shes so unkept and natural and I absolutely love that. Less is more with me!

3. Pick your three favourite items from the Evie Knight boutique.
That's a toughie! I do have a little crush on our Aztec Blazer Coat, its a nice A/W twists on the aztec/navajo trend. I'm also a real sucker for a tartan/plaid print so our 90s grunge jumper is perfect! It would look amazing with leather trousers or a velvet skate skirt. Girls look so amazing when they keep it simple! I think our floral ditsy dress would be great paired with some ripped tights and a pair of creepers. Its also a timeless piece, I could imagine myself wearing it in the summer with some super groovy oversized sunglasses. Keep it effortlessly cool, I say!




4. Describe your personal style.
Indescribable.

Thanks Dani!
Don't forget to follow Evie Knight on Twitter! and keep an eye out for exclusive blogger discounts in the future!

And to round off, here are a few of my favourite picks from the Evie Knight boutique.



Happy shopping everyone & have a great weekend 
xxx

Thursday, 8 November 2012

23 FEATURE: Evie Knight Vintage Clothing.

Presenting Evie Knight Vintage - a fabulous vintage clothing and accessories ASOSMarketplace boutique based in Manchester.

For the free-spirited and fashion forward, Evie Knight blends cool reworked, studded Levi shorts with grunge vintage army shirts, tie-dyed tees, beautiful sundresses and much, much more!

The story began in May 2012 when founder, Dani, took her years of experience at Topshop and Urban Outfitters and began sourcing unique items from the USA and UK. She began selling on ASOSMarketplace in June and the boutique has gone from strength to strength, having become one of the top selling boutiques. The Evie Knight team are currently in the middle of designing their own collection of shorts, dresses, tshirts and more for SS13, as well as developing their own website. Exciting, right?!

The best thing about Evie Knight? It's affordable. Prices range from £12 for a vest or tshirt to £60/70 for a coat. For good quality, reworked vintage clothing, you couldn't ask for more, really. Well. It turns out you can. The Evie Knight team also ship worldwide and welcome international customers.



See my next post for an interview with Dani from Evie Knight and find out about her influences, favourite trends and more!

FOLLOW Evie Knight on Twitter and Facebook :)
And here's their boutique link again!

Teapot love
xxx

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

10 The Rode Hall Farmers' Market

The Rode Hall Farmer's Market. It's a treasure trove of beautiful food, produce and crafts and a place I love to go to on sunny autumn mornings with my mum (which is exactly what we did on Saturday!). The market is set in the beautiful grounds of Rode Hall, which is a lovely country house in South Cheshire, and it usually has around 50 stalls. There is a huge range of fresh produce as well as pies, cakes, preserves, cheese, chutneys, ciders, wines, jewelry, crafts, meat, fish...the list could go on! Me and my mum bought some cherry and banana yogurt, some tortilla chips, fresh foccacia bread and some mushrooms! I also got some amazing hand made beeswax lipbalm which is helping my horrible dry lips through these chilly autumn days!

I look some photos that will hopefully give you an idea of how lovely the market is.








If you're interested in checking the market out, it is held on the first Saturday of every month (I wish it was more often) and is based just outside of Rode Heath. The market has has a twitter account so have a look and if you're in the area next month...it's the perfect place to find Christmas presents!

Teapot love xxx

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

11 My favourite beauty products for November!

Evening pals!
It's officially November. Which means there are 48 days until Christmas. There are also only 37 days until The Hobbit film (which is more important, you decide).

It's been absolutely freezing here in Cheshire and all I want to do is sit inside with a cup of tea and a mince pie, but sometimes (in order to buy more mince pies) I have to go outside. Unfortunately, winter always wreaks havoc on my hair and skin so I thought I'd share my favourite restorative beauty products for these chilly November days!


  1. Lee Stafford Sea Salt Spray.
    I'm trying out a new Alexa Chung style look with my short extensionless hair and this product is an absolute must have. I love it.
  2. Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover.
    Hands down the best eye makeup remover I've ever used. My mascara just slides off and my skin feels soft, non-irritated and refreshed. Not surprising as it has won multiple awards!
  3. Clinique Mousse Cleanser.
    I bought this cleanser at the airport so I'm not sure how widely available it is in England, however I really love it - it leaves my skin squeaky clean and reduces the size of my pores. It's worth trying to find if you're looking for a new cleanser!
  4. The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner.
    These shampoo/conditioner smell like blueberry muffins! Yummy. It also leaves my hair moisturised, my colour intact and it's ethically sourced. What more could you want?!?
  5. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser.
    I will always love this moisturiser. It's so light yet deeply moisturising - it's perfect to use under makeup. I have no more to say. Try it. Put it on your Christmas list!
Well these are my current favourite products for November!
What are yours? :)

Teapot love
xxx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

4 Before and After Halloween Pics!

Hey pals! Well, Halloween is well and truly over. My Halloween was a slightly unplanned weekend of going out and here are some of the best and worst pictures to commemorate it!


The makeup was definitely last minute, as you can probably tell!
That was my Halloween. How was yours?

xxx

89 Recipe: Smoked Salmon & Caper Salad.

'Ello,

The healthy lunch. That elusive but often thought of meal that has been too long cast aside aside for stodgy pasta, cheese filled sandwiches and buttery panninis. I, for one, hate lunch. I don't know how to approach it. I don't know what to eat to fill me up. How do I avoid beingstarving by 6pm and ravaging the fridge before dinnertime? What constitutes as a healthy lunch? How many calories should I be eating? RAH.

To avoid a cognitive breakdown, I try and think of interesting but healthy lunches ahead of time so I have a few recipes to whip out when I want something tasty, healthy AND filling. And because I'm such a great person, I'm sharing one of my favourites with you!

This is a smoked salmon salad with capers, Greek yoghurt, garlic and lemon juice and it is ridiculously easy and massively tasty!

Please note that my measurements aren't really accurate. I cook by guessing/tasting what flavours will work for me so if you prefer more potatoes or more salad leaves etc, go right ahead! This is also helpful for lazy people like me who can't be bother to locate the scales!

Ingredients:
  • 150g smoked salmon slices 
  • 3 tablespoons greek yoghurt.
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 5 baby potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon greated cheddar cheese
  • 1 bell pepper
  • Bowl of mixed salad leaves.

Method:
  • First, boil the potatoes until cooked
  • Then, mix together the yoghurt, garlic, capers and lemon juice together to make the dressing. 
  • Next, add the smoked salmon.
  • Chop up the pepper and add to a bowl of mixed salad leaves. 
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, add them and the cheese to the dressing.
  • Mix with the pepper/salad leaves.
VOILÀ. It takes about 10 minutes to make, tastes amazing and has just over 400 calories!







What are your favourite lunch recipes? Are they healthy or a little bit naughty?
 

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